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Poll: Idahoans want to make Craters of the Moon into a national park
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Beauty, and certainly economic development, is in the eye of the beholder. And you couldn’t find a better example of that than Idahoans who are pushing to change Craters of the Moon National Monument into a national park. And just one state to the south, you have GOP Utah leaders fighting like mad that the Bears Ears area of southeastern Utah...

Would you sneak into a foreign country and stay illegally?
LaVarr Webb, Publisher
The debate over illegal immigration continues to divide the country. Personally, I’m very much pro-immigration -- at least the legal kind. America is a nation of immigrants and we are a better and stronger country because of immigration. Nearly all of us are descendants of immigrants. I also have sympathy for illegal immigrants who are good...

Does Jeff Sessions think there is a shortage of federal prison inmates?
Jim Jones
Despite the fact that the number of persons incarcerated in federal prisons is at a 10-year low, in February U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions rescinded a Justice Department policy of phasing out the government’s use of private prisons. Sessions claimed the use of for-profit prisons was necessary “to meet the future needs of the federal...

Rep. Packer says she’s ready for next leadership role
Chuck Malloy, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Rep. Kelley Packer’s story might seem to be a bit corny, but it explains why this mother of four from McCammon, a town of about 800 people near Pocatello, thinks she has a chance to be Idaho’s next lieutenant governor. There’s nothing “small town” about Packer’s thinking, and that’s something she learned from her parents -- mother Charlyne...

Idaho’s newest community college
Steve Taggart, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Last Tuesday, Bonneville County voters went to the ballot box and by a vote of 71% to 29% created Idaho’s newest community college. The new College of Eastern Idaho will take over the current campus of Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls and add to the existing vocational programs a full array of undergraduate academic classes. Back...

Guest opinion: Immigration reform starts with U.S. enforcing its own laws
Congressmen Raul Labrador and Bob Goodlatte
One of the most important aspects of immigration reform is bolstering enforcement of existing immigration law. While most unlawful immigrants come to the U.S. seeking a better life for themselves and their families, there are too many others who commit crimes against Americans, including murder. These crimes are especially devastating for the...

Guest column: Honoring excellence: Idaho’s teacher of the year
Sen. Mike Crapo
I recently had the great honor of meeting with Mary Lynn Spiker who was selected to be the 2017 Idaho Teacher of the Year. The role of teachers cannot be overvalued. Robert Frost characterized teachers as “awakeners.” They inspire and plant seeds of understanding that can lead to not only successful careers, but also successful lives. I...

Poll: Idahoans divided on whether women are treated fairly in the workplace
Bob Bernick, Idaho Politics Weekly Contributor
Whoa, mama! When it comes to Idahoans’ opinion of whether women are treated fairly in the workplace, gender matters a lot, a new Idaho Politics Weekly poll finds. Two-thirds of men (66 percent) “definitely” or “probably” believe women are treated fairly at work. But only 51 percent of women agree – they are treated fairly in the workplace. That...

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Southern Idaho Republican Women Meeting
When: Monday, May 22, 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Where: Turf Club, 734 Falls Ave, Twin Falls, ID
Come hear about local and state republican current events. For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., SouthernIdahoRW President.

Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce Mission 43 Brief
When: Tuesday, May 23, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S 5th St #300, Boise, ID
Join the Small Business Advisory Council to learn more about Mission 43, a partnership of the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Family Foundation. The only veterans organization of its kind in the nation, Mission 43 is designed to give Idaho veterans and military spouses the resources for a successful transition after leaving the service. More info.

Boise Chamber Ambassador Committee Luncheon
When: Wednesday, May 24, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Where: Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce, 250 S 5th St #300, Boise, ID
Ambassadors, please RSVP for the luncheon by noon Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017. Info and register here.

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